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Why are asthma rates still increasing?

Why are asthma rates still increasing?

Arguably, the world’s cleaned up its act over the past several decades: new emissions standards, an ever-increasing awareness about the impact of pollution and chemicals that’s spurred proactivity, and even cutting-edge technology designed to reduce our exposure to all the ickiness out there. And yet, asthma rates keep climbing – the number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009 – despite our collective efforts to the contrary. What gives? Early on, there was the hygiene…

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Allergies or Asthma? Try These 7 Smart Tips for Traveling This Summer!

Allergies or Asthma? Try These 7 Smart Tips for Traveling This Summer!

You’ve waited months and months, and it’s almost here: your summer vacation! It’s supposed to be a time of fun, relaxation, sight-seeing and memory-making experiences. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans with asthma or debilitating allergies, travel can be anything but easy. With new destinations can come changes in climate, elevation, humidity, or increased air pollution. And that doesn’t account for your lodging: stale hotel air, friends with pets or the cigar smoker on the patio over…

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10 Ways to Banish Dust From Your Home

10 Ways to Banish Dust From Your Home

Dust in your home is a lot of things: unsightly, unhealthy, and downright disastrous if you or a family member suffers with allergies or asthma. Dust – of both the indoor and outdoor variety – is a natural occurrence, but a mostly unwelcome one. Believe it or not, the particular dust in your home is customized, by none other than you and those who live in your house with you (both humans and four-legged friends). Varying factors like climate, your…

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Is Particulate Matter Affecting Your Health?

Is Particulate Matter Affecting Your Health?

Pollution has long been connected to breathing difficulties, and considering the average adult breathes 3,000 gallons of air per day, that can be a huge problem. City dwellers often flee urban settings in favor of the “fresh air” of the country – and sometimes, with good reason. Those who suffer from respiratory complications can have an especially hard time with air quality in highly polluted areas. Polluted air can be particularly harmful – not just to those with asthma and allergies,…

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Stinky Kid’s Room? Smelly Closet? Freshen Up with an Aerus Guardian Purifier!

Stinky Kid’s Room? Smelly Closet? Freshen Up with an Aerus Guardian Purifier!

Got a space in your home that could use…er…refreshing? Maybe it’s the kid’s playroom, or your son’s dorm room, or your laundry room where there’s a seemingly bottomless pile of dirty clothes. Bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and so many other spaces can all benefit from an infusion of fresh air.  If you’ve ever owned an Aerus air purifying unit like the Lux Guardian Air Platinum or the Guardian Angel, then you know what kind of positive impact it can have on your home, your…

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7 Sneaky Indoor Air Pollutants

7 Sneaky Indoor Air Pollutants

What items are you using in your home that could be polluting the air you breathe? If you’ve got a chronically runny nose, watery eyes, or a nagging cough – and you’re nowhere near your typical allergy season – there might be an issue with the quality of air inside your environment. 90% of our time is spent indoors, and if there’s something in our home emitting a pollutant, there’s a good chance we’re breathing it in. What you might think…

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Asthmatic & Unaware: The Rise of Adult-Onset Asthma

Asthmatic & Unaware: The Rise of Adult-Onset Asthma

It might seem improbable – or even impossible – but for some people, discovering they have asthma comes later in life than one might expect. While many asthma sufferers are diagnosed in childhood, perhaps after being observed by an eagle-eyed parent or teacher, people who have less severe cases of asthma or irregular appointments with a primary care physician, can end up with a diagnosis much later in life. Prior to this diagnosis, their asthma simply presents as some other, more innocuous…

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Chemicals, Allergies, Asthma & YOU

Chemicals, Allergies, Asthma & YOU

If you’re one of the millions of North Americans with allergies or asthma, or the parents of a child who struggles with one or both issues, then you know that over time, you begin to determine what can trigger an episode. Sometimes it’s a whole season; other times, it’s changing climates — say, traveling from your hometown in arid Arizona to muggy south Florida for vacation; and still plenty of other instances when stress, diet or lack of sleep can weaken your…

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Cleaner Air Can Mean Healthier Kids

Cleaner Air Can Mean Healthier Kids

  Smog: a combination of the words smoke and fog. While fog is mostly moisture, smog typically refers to dense air pollution caused by motor vehicle exhaust fumes. Smog is compounded in areas with higher populations where individuals drive cars on long commutes to and from work everyday.   The ride may include passing by factories and industrial plants with smoke stacks pumping out thick clouds of smoke. This kind of pollution can saturate the atmosphere with all sorts of…

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What are VOCs…and could they be hiding in your home?

What are VOCs…and could they be hiding in your home?

If you have ever installed new carpet, repainted your bedroom, or purchased new furniture, then you have most likely – and unwittingly – introduced VOCs into your indoor environment. So what’s a VOC? It stands for volatile organic compound, and the EPA defines it as gases emitted from certain solids or liquids, such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, adhesives, permanent markers and more.[1]   VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and…

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